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Man with Face-Eating Fungus Files Lawsuit against Roche

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Utah resident Carlos Chavez has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that a Roche Laboratories Inc., drug called CellCept has caused him to develop a massive fungal infection in his face. The lawsuit says that the drug has caused Chavez to undergo six surgeries over four years, and that he will need another surgery to insert a barrier between his mouth and nose to prevent liquids and foods from going up into his eye.

In the lawsuit, Chavez says that food doesn’t go down his throat; it goes up his nose and into his eye. He also says that his face has been “peeled back in order to clean the fungus from his bones.” Though the lawsuit does not explain why Chavez was prescribed CellCept, the drug is used as an anti-rejection medication used after kidney, lung, or heart transplants. CellCept is also used as an off-label treatment for various skin conditions and lupus nephritis.

The lawsuit says the drug is “defective and unreasonably dangerous in the way it was designed, in the way that it was manufactured and in the way its users were warned,” and that it caused Chavez’ face to be disfigured, as well as causing him to suffer severe headaches, emotional pain, and neurological problems. The lawsuit seeks at least $500,000 for medical expenses and lost wages and an unspecified amount in damages, the Deseret News reported. disclaimer: This article: Man with Face-Eating Fungus Files Lawsuit against Roche was posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 8:39 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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